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Steven Spence

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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!

Occupation: IT Manager (at a large corporation)

Location: Germany

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2016-05-14 05:42:41 (45 comments; 8 reshares; 358 +1s)Open 

Where's the hat?

I met this hare on my walk last Saturday. The wind was in my favor, so it couldn't smell me coming and I saw it before it saw me.

Have a great Saturday!

Most reshares: 9

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2016-05-18 07:04:48 (36 comments; 9 reshares; 284 +1s)Open 

Happy Wednesday

Technically a farm animal and not "nature", but these sheep impact the landscape. Their meadows are also a great source of blossoms for the wild bees I posted a few days ago.

Have a great day and keep smiling: you're halfway to the weekend!

Most plusones: 358

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2016-05-14 05:42:41 (45 comments; 8 reshares; 358 +1s)Open 

Where's the hat?

I met this hare on my walk last Saturday. The wind was in my favor, so it couldn't smell me coming and I saw it before it saw me.

Have a great Saturday!

Latest 50 posts

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2016-05-24 17:04:00 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

This is a great application of computer science to protecting the environment. In addition to forests it sounds like it would be usefil for protecting rare wildlife or combating illegal mineral mining.

This is a great application of computer science to protecting the environment. In addition to forests it sounds like it would be usefil for protecting rare wildlife or combating illegal mineral mining.___

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2016-05-22 09:52:27 (22 comments; 1 reshares; 69 +1s)Open 

Beautiful Day

It's a lovely day here today, but either I have a cold or my allergies have kicked in (I did a lot of dusty, dirty yard work yesterday and maybe stirred up pollen..). I hope to get out later today and enjoy the sunshine (an infrequent treat here so far this year).

One of my favorite blossoms and photo subjects are my cherries. I still have a few "past their peak" blossoms hanging on. Here's a photo from when they were just about perfect.

Have a great day, esp. if you can get outdoors!

Beautiful Day

It's a lovely day here today, but either I have a cold or my allergies have kicked in (I did a lot of dusty, dirty yard work yesterday and maybe stirred up pollen..). I hope to get out later today and enjoy the sunshine (an infrequent treat here so far this year).

One of my favorite blossoms and photo subjects are my cherries. I still have a few "past their peak" blossoms hanging on. Here's a photo from when they were just about perfect.

Have a great day, esp. if you can get outdoors!___

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2016-05-21 16:41:32 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Outstanding work by Clay Bolt.

Outstanding work by Clay Bolt.___

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2016-05-21 12:12:55 (22 comments; 7 reshares; 144 +1s)Open 

Uncooperative Owl

This owl had gotten away from his keepers at a falconry show. It sat in a tree near the show and made that owl screech, almost as if it were giving comments about the show.

Look at the talons on it!

#UKPCANIMAL and +Heidi Anne Morris  (have a great animal photography weekend!)

Uncooperative Owl

This owl had gotten away from his keepers at a falconry show. It sat in a tree near the show and made that owl screech, almost as if it were giving comments about the show.

Look at the talons on it!

#UKPCANIMAL and +Heidi Anne Morris  (have a great animal photography weekend!)___

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2016-05-20 22:25:43 (39 comments; 3 reshares; 90 +1s)Open 

April Showers

We had a lot of showers in April. So many rainy days... Even though it was rainy, I shot some photos just to keep in practice. I found some time to look them over and this one came out much better than I thought it would. I processed this with the water droplets in mind, so the colors wound up a bit more intense than they should be, but I'm stopping while I'm ahead. I can live with this.

Have a great #tulipsaturday and keep an eye out for the other tulip aficionados esp, +Measie Elizabeth  , +Marilyn Benham , and +Eustace James , because they're the people behind Tulip Saturday !


Note on the photo: downsized from full resolution for easier viewing on mobile devices. taken April 6 (hey, I've been busy!)

April Showers

We had a lot of showers in April. So many rainy days... Even though it was rainy, I shot some photos just to keep in practice. I found some time to look them over and this one came out much better than I thought it would. I processed this with the water droplets in mind, so the colors wound up a bit more intense than they should be, but I'm stopping while I'm ahead. I can live with this.

Have a great #tulipsaturday and keep an eye out for the other tulip aficionados esp, +Measie Elizabeth  , +Marilyn Benham , and +Eustace James , because they're the people behind Tulip Saturday !


Note on the photo: downsized from full resolution for easier viewing on mobile devices. taken April 6 (hey, I've been busy!)___

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2016-05-18 07:04:48 (36 comments; 9 reshares; 284 +1s)Open 

Happy Wednesday

Technically a farm animal and not "nature", but these sheep impact the landscape. Their meadows are also a great source of blossoms for the wild bees I posted a few days ago.

Have a great day and keep smiling: you're halfway to the weekend!

Happy Wednesday

Technically a farm animal and not "nature", but these sheep impact the landscape. Their meadows are also a great source of blossoms for the wild bees I posted a few days ago.

Have a great day and keep smiling: you're halfway to the weekend!___

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2016-05-17 20:36:29 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Well done Google! This is a great example of using your technological prowess to do good.

Well done Google! This is a great example of using your technological prowess to do good.___

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2016-05-17 06:24:10 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

Flower on fire

I am not sure exactly what this one was. It probably is a tulip, because that flower bed has various tulips and grape hyacinths in it, but I didn't buy all the bulbs that went into it. some were from a mixture passed on from a neighbor's friend's 3rd cousin... :-) Anyway, I don't really know what all was planted, but it turned out nicely. This tulip was only the same size as the grape hyacinths .

Have a lovely Tuesday and may it be full of pleasant surprises like this!

Flower on fire

I am not sure exactly what this one was. It probably is a tulip, because that flower bed has various tulips and grape hyacinths in it, but I didn't buy all the bulbs that went into it. some were from a mixture passed on from a neighbor's friend's 3rd cousin... :-) Anyway, I don't really know what all was planted, but it turned out nicely. This tulip was only the same size as the grape hyacinths .

Have a lovely Tuesday and may it be full of pleasant surprises like this!___

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2016-05-15 11:01:08 (16 comments; 2 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

I don't have a problem

I can walk away from this pollen anytime I want. But it's good stuff!

Mason bee preparing a tube for her offspring. They need both nectar and pollen as food for their larvae.

I don't have a problem

I can walk away from this pollen anytime I want. But it's good stuff!

Mason bee preparing a tube for her offspring. They need both nectar and pollen as food for their larvae.___

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2016-05-14 05:47:54 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 108 +1s)Open 

Morning Dew

A tulip in my yard in April for the #tulipsaturday   effort by +Measie Elizabeth , +Marilyn Benham , and +Eustace James . If you're a tulip lover then use their hashtag to find more posts or just follow them.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Morning Dew

A tulip in my yard in April for the #tulipsaturday   effort by +Measie Elizabeth , +Marilyn Benham , and +Eustace James . If you're a tulip lover then use their hashtag to find more posts or just follow them.

Have a beautiful weekend!___

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2016-05-14 05:42:41 (45 comments; 8 reshares; 358 +1s)Open 

Where's the hat?

I met this hare on my walk last Saturday. The wind was in my favor, so it couldn't smell me coming and I saw it before it saw me.

Have a great Saturday!

Where's the hat?

I met this hare on my walk last Saturday. The wind was in my favor, so it couldn't smell me coming and I saw it before it saw me.

Have a great Saturday!___

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2016-05-13 06:44:32 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Red Mason Bee

A red mason bee Osmia rufa sees the world in ultraviolet, blue, and green wavelengths. I think I feel a future project involving obtaining some equipment to photograph the world looks in that spectrum. In fact, I may have an article on mason bees. I'm beginning to get interested in them.

Red Mason Bee

A red mason bee Osmia rufa sees the world in ultraviolet, blue, and green wavelengths. I think I feel a future project involving obtaining some equipment to photograph the world looks in that spectrum. In fact, I may have an article on mason bees. I'm beginning to get interested in them.___

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2016-05-12 20:08:22 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 82 +1s)Open 

+Bill Sullivan  reports on how scientists have come closer to understanding how to stop malaria in its tracks. They studied the effect of febrifugine an active compound found in traditional medicines used to treat malaria.

+Bill Sullivan  reports on how scientists have come closer to understanding how to stop malaria in its tracks. They studied the effect of febrifugine an active compound found in traditional medicines used to treat malaria.___

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2016-05-12 19:47:52 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 90 +1s)Open 

+Kate Stone , +Jonathan Trinastic , and the other GotScience.org team have been working on educational materials for science teachers. The Awesome Without Borders grant made developing these materials possible.

If you're a science teacher, esp. middle school or high school, then these materials may be a great resource to augment your lesson plans. Ask +Kate Stone or +Jonathan Trinastic for more information.

www.gotscience.org ___+Kate Stone , +Jonathan Trinastic , and the other GotScience.org team have been working on educational materials for science teachers. The Awesome Without Borders grant made developing these materials possible.

If you're a science teacher, esp. middle school or high school, then these materials may be a great resource to augment your lesson plans. Ask +Kate Stone or +Jonathan Trinastic for more information.

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2016-05-11 22:43:02 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Bristly Bee Bottom Beats Seagull Butt Saturday

I'm not really sure what the deal is with the humorous #SeagullButtSaturday   posts, but I definitely smile at the #Nonthemeness   of it. This is not a #BristlyBeeBottom  on any day of the week. Rene Magritte uncertified.

Bristly Bee Bottom Beats Seagull Butt Saturday

I'm not really sure what the deal is with the humorous #SeagullButtSaturday   posts, but I definitely smile at the #Nonthemeness   of it. This is not a #BristlyBeeBottom  on any day of the week. Rene Magritte uncertified.___

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2016-05-11 07:04:03 (31 comments; 6 reshares; 121 +1s)Open 

Malkovich Malkovich

Dang autocorrect. Actually, I meant Milvus milvus (Red Kite, roter Milan). This is my favorite wild raptor. I'm lucky to live in a location where these animals breed and sometimes even stay through the winter.

The global population of these red kites is low. Germany has half of all the breeding pairs (~11500 out of ~21000 = 55%). I regularly see them in the fields and next to forest areas where I live.

Red Kites are very distinctive fliers (they sail very gracefully as they scan the landscape for mice and other prey) and can be distinguished from the more common Black Kites by the following three features:

1. the white coloration on the outer portion of the underside of the wing
2. the very pronounced "V" shaped tail
3. They have a reddish-brown coloration on the underside feathers, although lighting and... more »

Malkovich Malkovich

Dang autocorrect. Actually, I meant Milvus milvus (Red Kite, roter Milan). This is my favorite wild raptor. I'm lucky to live in a location where these animals breed and sometimes even stay through the winter.

The global population of these red kites is low. Germany has half of all the breeding pairs (~11500 out of ~21000 = 55%). I regularly see them in the fields and next to forest areas where I live.

Red Kites are very distinctive fliers (they sail very gracefully as they scan the landscape for mice and other prey) and can be distinguished from the more common Black Kites by the following three features:

1. the white coloration on the outer portion of the underside of the wing
2. the very pronounced "V" shaped tail
3. They have a reddish-brown coloration on the underside feathers, although lighting and distance may make this more difficult than the other two features to see.

Red Kites have a "Near Threatened" status. I regularly observe them where I live and the local population seems stable to me, but overall they are threatened by:

+ Pesticides (concentrates in the food chain),
+ Loss of habitat,
+ Loss of prey due to fewer garbage dumps reducing mice and rat populations, and
+ Increasingly due to wind generators.
+ Poison set out (illegally) for crows or foxes also kills red kites.

Ending on a positive note: red kites were reintroduced into England and Scotland (a small native population was already present in Wales). The population is increasing in the UK.

Additional Information

English
http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3353

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_kite

http://www.yorkshireredkites.net/index.php/important-info/red-kites-and-poisons

Wind turbines killing kites
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2004/jan/25/energy.greenpolitics

Wind turbines killing kites
http://www.sofnet.org/1.0.1.0/1267/download_29761.php (PDF)


Deutsch
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotmilan

Distribution in my state (PDF):
http://goo.gl/YMbJPA

"Keynote Presentation" : Grünberg (2014)
http://goo.gl/LzJ4oc

About the photo

This photo had to be pushed 1.75 EV, because the angle of the kite was bad relative to the sun. The edges of the feathers were already blown out on the original RAW file. I think it is a fairly good recovery though - at least for my skill level. I have also tried to "denoise" as much as possible without turning it into a soft mess.

Taken at the Venusberg Nature Reserve near Aidlingen (Baden-Württemberg), Germany on a day with poor thermals, so there weren't many raptors out. I was happy to see this one.___

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2016-05-10 07:06:07 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

Learning by Doing

I did a few experiments [ NOTE: please don't try at home, as there are potential risks to your camera and your eye! ] with very small apertures on a bright sunny day to see what effects I could get. I'm sure experienced photographers know all about this, but I like to get out and try things out for myself.

Lots of lens flare, dust (I'm obviously a slob), etc., but the aperture blades make for quite a nice effect. Now I need to learn to control things (and do a better job cleaning the lens). Of course it may be a few months before I have another chance at such a sunny day. ;-)

Have a great day!

Learning by Doing

I did a few experiments [ NOTE: please don't try at home, as there are potential risks to your camera and your eye! ] with very small apertures on a bright sunny day to see what effects I could get. I'm sure experienced photographers know all about this, but I like to get out and try things out for myself.

Lots of lens flare, dust (I'm obviously a slob), etc., but the aperture blades make for quite a nice effect. Now I need to learn to control things (and do a better job cleaning the lens). Of course it may be a few months before I have another chance at such a sunny day. ;-)

Have a great day!___

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2016-05-08 23:14:46 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Video (53 seconds) of my visit to an insect hotel, primarily for wild bees. The video was shot with my mobile phone and is unedited. Video is not my thing, but it might give you an impression of how well frequented this hotel is.

The reason it works so well is that farmers leave areas of wildflowers at the edges of their fields on their meadows. Some of the crops are also good for bees, but it is the diversity of wildflowers that helps sustain the bees throughout the year.

This is at the edge of the Venusberg "Naturschutzgebiet" (Nature Reserve) near Aidlingen, Germany.

Video (53 seconds) of my visit to an insect hotel, primarily for wild bees. The video was shot with my mobile phone and is unedited. Video is not my thing, but it might give you an impression of how well frequented this hotel is.

The reason it works so well is that farmers leave areas of wildflowers at the edges of their fields on their meadows. Some of the crops are also good for bees, but it is the diversity of wildflowers that helps sustain the bees throughout the year.

This is at the edge of the Venusberg "Naturschutzgebiet" (Nature Reserve) near Aidlingen, Germany.___

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2016-05-08 22:59:36 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Wild bee on apple blossom in my garden (May 2016)

last one for today. thanks to everyone for their patience as I loaded some photos into this new collection to give it a modicum of content.

#bees  

Wild bee on apple blossom in my garden (May 2016)

last one for today. thanks to everyone for their patience as I loaded some photos into this new collection to give it a modicum of content.

#bees  ___

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2016-05-08 22:51:45 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

Approach to the blossom. Note the pollen packets. (May 2016)

Approach to the blossom. Note the pollen packets. (May 2016)___

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2016-05-08 22:38:50 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Pollen packages (May 2016)

Pollen packages (May 2016)___

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2016-05-08 22:38:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Honeybee visiting an apple blossom in my garden (May 2016)

Honeybee visiting an apple blossom in my garden (May 2016)___

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2016-05-08 22:37:10 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Wild bee visiting a cherry blossom in my garden. May 2016

Wild bee visiting a cherry blossom in my garden. May 2016___

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2016-05-08 22:35:55 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

An older one from my garden. Going for the apple blossom.

An older one from my garden. Going for the apple blossom.___

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2016-05-08 22:27:40 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Honeybee enjoying a grape hyacinth.

Honeybee enjoying a grape hyacinth.___

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2016-05-08 22:26:45 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Another bumblebee punching through to the nectar.

Another bumblebee punching through to the nectar.___

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2016-05-08 22:26:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

A "bumblebee" on a sunflower.

A "bumblebee" on a sunflower.___

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2016-05-08 22:25:23 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Wild honeybee in a meadow.

Wild honeybee in a meadow.___

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2016-05-08 22:24:44 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Ready to try some apple nectar.

Ready to try some apple nectar.___

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2016-05-08 22:23:57 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Wild Bee on Lavender in my backyard.

Wild Bee on Lavender in my backyard.___

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2016-05-08 21:25:13 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Sirius by +Lilium Candidum 

Please read the entire poem on Lily's blog.

I have felt this when looking at the skies. My mind can go exploring.

A child regards the glittering gateway
to her own Heaven and haven,
where Orion laid his hand upon her head
and Pegasus told of sojourns
between the clouds; where she wished
upon meteors, hoping for
smiles and succour, longing to hear the
music of the heavens.

Sirius by +Lilium Candidum 

Please read the entire poem on Lily's blog.

I have felt this when looking at the skies. My mind can go exploring.

A child regards the glittering gateway
to her own Heaven and haven,
where Orion laid his hand upon her head
and Pegasus told of sojourns
between the clouds; where she wished
upon meteors, hoping for
smiles and succour, longing to hear the
music of the heavens.___

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2016-05-08 12:08:55 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Packing Pollen

Another bee in flight photo from my garden. Wait until the lavender blossoms! I'll be lulled to sleep on the grass in the warm sunshine listening to the happy buzzing of the bees. :-)

I'm thinking about making a collection of bee photos.

#bees  

Packing Pollen

Another bee in flight photo from my garden. Wait until the lavender blossoms! I'll be lulled to sleep on the grass in the warm sunshine listening to the happy buzzing of the bees. :-)

I'm thinking about making a collection of bee photos.

#bees  ___

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2016-05-08 10:15:33 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

Spring = Bees and Cherry Blossoms

At least at my house. I took this back on the 5th.

I was trying to get "Bees In Flight", but very few turned out ok.

Yesterday I went to a spot I know wild bees love (an insect hotel of epic dimensions) and tried my luck there. We'll see how those photos turn out.

It's a sunny day here, so I will probably be out with the camera in the afternoon. With luck I'll get one of my friends, the red kite, in the sunshine. I saw one yesterday, but it was still far off and backlit, so the photos weren't good. Maybe today will be better. :-)

Enjoy the day!

#bees  

Spring = Bees and Cherry Blossoms

At least at my house. I took this back on the 5th.

I was trying to get "Bees In Flight", but very few turned out ok.

Yesterday I went to a spot I know wild bees love (an insect hotel of epic dimensions) and tried my luck there. We'll see how those photos turn out.

It's a sunny day here, so I will probably be out with the camera in the afternoon. With luck I'll get one of my friends, the red kite, in the sunshine. I saw one yesterday, but it was still far off and backlit, so the photos weren't good. Maybe today will be better. :-)

Enjoy the day!

#bees  ___

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2016-05-07 16:38:55 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Last Legs

These are the last decent looking tulips in my garden. They are definitely past their peak at my house (doesn't mean I don't have more pictures though.).

Have a great #TulipSaturday !

Last Legs

These are the last decent looking tulips in my garden. They are definitely past their peak at my house (doesn't mean I don't have more pictures though.).

Have a great #TulipSaturday !___

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2016-05-06 23:29:58 (39 comments; 2 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Maple in the Springtime

My little decorative maple not only finishes the year a beautiful red, it also starts off with red leaves before switching to green.

Flowers aren't the only beautiful spots of color at this time of year.

Have a great weekend! Any special plans? As for me, I'm hoping to go to the Venusberg in the morning and possibly see some kites. Who knows what else? Then with luck I'll cook out in the later afternoon.


+Liz C #allthingsred  

Maple in the Springtime

My little decorative maple not only finishes the year a beautiful red, it also starts off with red leaves before switching to green.

Flowers aren't the only beautiful spots of color at this time of year.

Have a great weekend! Any special plans? As for me, I'm hoping to go to the Venusberg in the morning and possibly see some kites. Who knows what else? Then with luck I'll cook out in the later afternoon.


+Liz C #allthingsred  ___

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2016-05-05 17:04:08 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Stylish

A month ago or thereabouts I had a lovely afternoon in Milan, Italy. Part of it was spent near the Duomo. There was some kind of book signing going on by a couple of singers. Needless to say there was a crowd and a few police or security guards to keep a bit of order if things got unruly (they didn't). As is fitting for Milan they were stylish even wearing Ray Bans. :-)

Stylish

A month ago or thereabouts I had a lovely afternoon in Milan, Italy. Part of it was spent near the Duomo. There was some kind of book signing going on by a couple of singers. Needless to say there was a crowd and a few police or security guards to keep a bit of order if things got unruly (they didn't). As is fitting for Milan they were stylish even wearing Ray Bans. :-)___

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2016-05-02 22:04:55 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

Up Close and Person

An intrepid viewer of my photos suggested that I get closer to the cherry blossoms. Am I on the right track? ;-) 


h/t +Steph Oma 

Up Close and Person

An intrepid viewer of my photos suggested that I get closer to the cherry blossoms. Am I on the right track? ;-) 


h/t +Steph Oma ___

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2016-05-02 20:31:45 (15 comments; 8 reshares; 186 +1s)Open 

A fantastic and engaging video on bees by Dr. Joe Hanson / PBS.

Definitely worth a few minutes to view!

A fantastic and engaging video on bees by Dr. Joe Hanson / PBS.

Definitely worth a few minutes to view!___

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2016-05-01 22:48:41 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

Temporal Adventures

I'd better lay off the spice. My last time travel experiment got a little too close to the K-T boundary.

Sorry, I couldn't resist playing a bit with a recent picture from a museum visit. Sometimes I'm rather goofy  

Have a great start to the week!

Temporal Adventures

I'd better lay off the spice. My last time travel experiment got a little too close to the K-T boundary.

Sorry, I couldn't resist playing a bit with a recent picture from a museum visit. Sometimes I'm rather goofy  

Have a great start to the week!___

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2016-05-01 16:00:52 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 65 +1s)Open 

Backyard Cherries

I've thought of multiple texts for this, but they always come out wrong, so I will keep this one very simple. 

Given my skill level, equipment, and "eye", I'm very happy with this photo of the cherry blossoms in my backyard. Perfect? No, but it gives the right impression of the moment and that's as much as I dare hope for. 

Have a wonderful start to May!

Backyard Cherries

I've thought of multiple texts for this, but they always come out wrong, so I will keep this one very simple. 

Given my skill level, equipment, and "eye", I'm very happy with this photo of the cherry blossoms in my backyard. Perfect? No, but it gives the right impression of the moment and that's as much as I dare hope for. 

Have a wonderful start to May!___

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2016-05-01 09:45:42 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Haunting Beauty of Italian Ghost Villages

This morning I was checking a German news site +DER SPIEGEL and came across an article that I recommend IF you read German. http://www.spiegel.de/reise/aktuell/verlassene-doerfer-in-italien-ein-traum-fuer-eremiten-a-1089832.html

Since most people on here read English, I've looked up the photographer and found Bruno Zanzoterra's outstanding work on the website below. I recommend checking out the PDF version http://www.parallelozero.com/images/stock/download/644100fd1f0862d86c6d8602be73537a5822320e.pdf

Such sights bring out the romantic dreamer in me. Practical? No, but I too would be tempted to try to live in such a place. I can see why people are trying (sometimes). 

Haunting Beauty of Italian Ghost Villages

This morning I was checking a German news site +DER SPIEGEL and came across an article that I recommend IF you read German. http://www.spiegel.de/reise/aktuell/verlassene-doerfer-in-italien-ein-traum-fuer-eremiten-a-1089832.html

Since most people on here read English, I've looked up the photographer and found Bruno Zanzoterra's outstanding work on the website below. I recommend checking out the PDF version http://www.parallelozero.com/images/stock/download/644100fd1f0862d86c6d8602be73537a5822320e.pdf

Such sights bring out the romantic dreamer in me. Practical? No, but I too would be tempted to try to live in such a place. I can see why people are trying (sometimes). ___

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2016-04-30 13:22:42 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 96 +1s)Open 

Different Perspective: Red

Have a great weekend! I have an abundance of flowers right now. The trees are buzzing with bees. 

Since I was looking at tulips anyway, I thought this might be nice for #allthingsred  . +Liz C  :-)   
+Measie Elizabeth : if you would like it for TulipSaturday, it's yours too. 

Different Perspective: Red

Have a great weekend! I have an abundance of flowers right now. The trees are buzzing with bees. 

Since I was looking at tulips anyway, I thought this might be nice for #allthingsred  . +Liz C  :-)   
+Measie Elizabeth : if you would like it for TulipSaturday, it's yours too. ___

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2016-04-30 13:15:29 (16 comments; 8 reshares; 199 +1s)Open 

Lurid Beacon

This tulip really wants a bee to visit. 

I'm not well-versed in tulips. The coloration could have been bred like this, but I suppose it could also be from a virus that infects tulips. I planted my tulips 3 years ago and don't remember planting any bulbs of this type, but my memory is a Swiss cheese anyway. :-)

another one for #tulipsaturday   and the fabulous trio of +Marilyn Benham , +Eustace James , and +Measie Elizabeth 

Lurid Beacon

This tulip really wants a bee to visit. 

I'm not well-versed in tulips. The coloration could have been bred like this, but I suppose it could also be from a virus that infects tulips. I planted my tulips 3 years ago and don't remember planting any bulbs of this type, but my memory is a Swiss cheese anyway. :-)

another one for #tulipsaturday   and the fabulous trio of +Marilyn Benham , +Eustace James , and +Measie Elizabeth ___

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2016-04-29 22:55:46 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man cat first of all exists, encounters herself, surges up in the world-and defines herself afterward. (with apologies to Sarte)

#caturday  is here again!

Ginger running to me.

What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man cat first of all exists, encounters herself, surges up in the world-and defines herself afterward. (with apologies to Sarte)

#caturday  is here again!

Ginger running to me.___

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2016-04-29 22:38:26 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Winding ways

Wonderful wisteria winds its way up the wall. Welcome to the weekend!

With apologies to the letter 'W'

Winding ways

Wonderful wisteria winds its way up the wall. Welcome to the weekend!

With apologies to the letter 'W'___

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2016-04-28 22:09:13 (16 comments; 2 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Impossible

Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. 
It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.  (Haruki Murakami)

Frustrating. I know that longing, that wishful interpretation driven by desire. And yet I know too that I'll never be able to capture and share the things as they are. The world I experience is only an impression created by the limitations of my senses and my mind. 

I'm tired. Maybe tomorrow will bring something new, unexpected, beautiful, and I can savor it for a magical moment whether it is real or not. One can hope, one can try. 


 

Impossible

Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. 
It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.  (Haruki Murakami)

Frustrating. I know that longing, that wishful interpretation driven by desire. And yet I know too that I'll never be able to capture and share the things as they are. The world I experience is only an impression created by the limitations of my senses and my mind. 

I'm tired. Maybe tomorrow will bring something new, unexpected, beautiful, and I can savor it for a magical moment whether it is real or not. One can hope, one can try. 


 ___

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2016-04-28 05:14:33 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. (George Orwell)

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. (George Orwell)___

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2016-04-27 05:38:40 (27 comments; 9 reshares; 217 +1s)Open 

Resilient Bees

There are many factors placing stress on bees today. Scientists looked at one area, which was related to resiliency when bees have inadequate food supplies. +Neha Jain and the great editors at  +GotScience.org  did a great job turning the study into an approachable, informative article.

#bees  

Resilient Bees

There are many factors placing stress on bees today. Scientists looked at one area, which was related to resiliency when bees have inadequate food supplies. +Neha Jain and the great editors at  +GotScience.org  did a great job turning the study into an approachable, informative article.

#bees  ___

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2016-04-26 06:51:31 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.  (Edna St. Vincent Millay)









maybe a very early #tulipsaturday  post, +Measie Elizabeth ?

I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.  (Edna St. Vincent Millay)









maybe a very early #tulipsaturday  post, +Measie Elizabeth ?___

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